When the apple juice is flowing and the crayons are being passed around, it’s easy to make friends. Unfortunately, the bell rang and Kindergarten is over – and unless you go to an event with “networking” in the title, meeting people is much harder. Don’t worry, Addisonsites, help has arrived! From bars to parks and everything in between, we have the lowdown on the best places to meet people in Town, no nametags required. Set down the apple juice and let’s go!
If you are looking for a chill, quiet night, then don’t go to Addison Improv. This is the funniest place to be this side of the Chicago comedy scene, featuring many up-and-coming and nationally recognized stand-up comedians. Order a drink and get ready to laugh hysterically, with a chance of possibly being called out in front of everyone. This is a perfect place to meet people with similar interests. The best part? The headlining comedian has already broken the ice, so you don’t have to worry about awkward introductions. Upcoming shows include Marlon Wayans July 12-14, Michael Kosta July 19-20 and Chris Hardwick July 26-27.
You may have bowled to meet people as kids, but you’ve never bowled like this before. At Bowlmor, it’s about the experience: a high-end, backlight, retro-inspired bowling night. When you aren’t hitting pins, hit the arcade, featuring new and old-school video games; play Bocce and Table Tennis inside; and order strong drinks and mouth-watering appetizers. Specials are offered almost every day, including half-price arcade games on Wednesdays, After-Party Fridays and $2.22 Tuesdays, where games, tacos, tall boys and Long Island Iced Teas are just $2.22 each.
Bring your computer, a book or a buddy to Dunn Brothers Coffee, a laidback coffee shop perfect for mingling with others (and drinking delicious java!). Right now, take advantage of their special summer drink menu, including the rich and creamy S’mores Nirvana or Salted Caramel Pie Nirvana (both served steamed or iced), and the refreshing Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade.
When you are hoping for a themed atmosphere, delicious food, entertainment and amazing drinks all in one spot, head to Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub. Play darts or billiards in this British-style bar, or simply relax with a pint and fish and chips while watching soccer (er, football) and talking with others. Come by for happy hour from 2-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday, featuring $3 wells, $3.15 domestic drafts, $3.65 select calls, $3.75 house wines and $4.75 select premium drafts.
Go shopping, grab a bite to eat and meet your new best friend at Village on the Parkway! This unique shopping center contains 50 retail, service, dining and food establishments within walking distance. Chill out at Creamistry, where you can get ice cream made using liquid nitrogen; raise a glass at Yard House, a bar known for its draft beer selection; or stop by Whole Foods Addison, an organic grocery store/hangout place complete with a beer and wine bar.
You don’t have to spend money to make friends! Just go to Vitruvian Park, where people love hanging out on picnic blankets, walking along the trail and working out outside. Make sure to catch Vitrvuian Nights Live, where you can enjoy live music at 7 p.m. every other Thursday through August 8; and Vitruvian Salsa Festival, where live bands play and salsa lessons are given on Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. August 3-24.